We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Highlights
  • A hop-on, hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Live onboard commentary provides important historical context 
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
From US$40.50
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Classic Ticket Most Popular
1-day hop-on hop-off tour
From US$40.50
Premium Ticket
October 2018: 2-day hop-on hop-off tour until November 2018-April 2019: 1 Day hop-on hop-off with ticket to the Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
From US$49.50
Deluxe Ticket
October 2018: 2-day hop-on hop-off tour and Panoramic Night Tour November 2018-April 2019: 2 Day hop-on hop-off with ticket to the Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
From US$58.50
Show 1 more
Overview
Known as a world-famous hub for architecture, art, and politics, the lakeside city of Chicago has a wealth of must-see sights. Know exactly where to go in the Windy City on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour, complete with 14 stops covering everything from the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Art Institute to the steel bean in Millennium Park. Plus, this custom tour means you can take charge of your own sightseeing itinerary.
What to Expect

Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the 14 designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to live commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone.

The full circuit takes 2 hours, but you can hop on and off at any stop you choose. You’ll have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You’ll cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores.

Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms. 

Night tour include 75 minutes of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 

Reviews (392)
1 - 5 of 291 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great way to get an overview of the city!

Great city information given and very worthwhile! I was impressed by the staff who were very safety conscious and informative. Hop on location at great spots and buses were very clean.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sheilajm
GamaT14, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

sheilajm Thank you for your review. Safety is a great priority; it's great to hear that our team is safety conscious. Best The Big Bus Tours Chicago Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Loved it

Super convenient to hop on and off while exploring the city. Luca and David were great. The app helped to know when the buses were arriving. Highly recommend.

1  Thank 5cohunters
GamaT14, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

5cohunters Thank you for your review! We'll be sure to share it with Luca and David. Best The Big Bus Tours Chicago Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great value for the experience

took tour Dec 30th extremely entertaining tour, knowledgeable and friendly guide, good option also to hop on and off diff locations (save on taxi/Uber costs) used with Chicago Travel pass, very good value for the $$More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Eddy C
GamaT14, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Eddy C Thank you for your review. We are cheaper than taxis and Ubers + will the taxi driver tell you about the cow that started the Great Chicago Fire? Most likely not! We hope to see you again when you come back to Chicago....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great way to see city!!

We were given tickets from friends to see the city by using Big Bus. We had a bit of a difficult time finding our first hop on stop by the Sky Deck. When we did find out stop we had an easy time. It is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MomofSix94
GamaT14, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

MomofSix94 Weeee! Thank you for your great review. We're glad to hear that your friends gave you the gift of exploration when you visited Chicago. Best The Big Bus Tours Chicago Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great Tour!

We used the hop on hop off tour for three days of our 6 day vacation. The tour was good considering that the December weather wasn’t optimal. Jack and Brian were great. Jack was really nice to our 6 YO daughter and Brian extremely safe...More

Thank mperugia
GamaT14, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

mperugia Thank you for your review and suggestions. Below is a little bit of information on your suggestions. 1. Every guide is provided with the same historically/pop culturally/architecturally filled script (it's about 50 pages long, front and back). They can pick and choose to cover...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
117CeeJay
6 January 2019|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
We parked at the parking Parking Garage 85 E Upper Wacker Dr
0
Votes
281TerryK281
18 December 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Vinod D | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can bring but it should not be too wide the usual one as bus has seats both sides so it has one way in between. but i believe if you want to have 100% sure plz feel free to call the hop in hop off customer care... More
1
Vote
שרון ג
11 November 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Seaside829680 |
Very much agree with Carol J. Well worth using the Big Bus Tour. We had the two day pass and used the first day to stay on, see all the sights and work out where we wanted to hop on and off on the second day. All the main... More
2
Votes
Travellers Also Viewed
Special Offer
Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
2,019 Reviews
from US$30.99*
US$37.00
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
3,324 Reviews
from US$41.44*
Chicago Crime and Mob Tour
539 Reviews
from US$39.95*
Frequently bought together
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
3,324 Reviews
from US$41.44*
Special Offer
Skydeck Chicago Admission
627 Reviews
from US$22.00*
US$24.00
Chicago Crime and Mob Tour
539 Reviews
from US$39.95*
Chicago Architectural River Cruise
602 Reviews
from US$48.16*
Special Offer
Skydeck Chicago Admission
627 Reviews
from US$22.00*
US$24.00
360 Chicago Observation Deck...
105 Reviews
from US$22.00*
Art Institute of Chicago Fast Pass...
53 Reviews
from US$35.00*
Chicago Explorer Pass
183 Reviews
from US$79.00*